The Winters High School varsity softball team is working hard to gain its footing after some tough losses at the start of the season.
On Friday, Feb. 25, the softball team lost their first non-conference game of the season against Fairfield by a score of 21-10.
While the loss against Fairfield High School was devastating, the Warriors fought hard and played a great game against Rio Vista High School on Tuesday, March 1, securing their first win of the season during their home non-conference game by a score of 4-1.
Kalyssa Grinbergs and Bayla Garcia pitched a great game for the Winters. Grinbergs pitched five innings with eight strikeouts and Garcia pitched two innings with three strikeouts, both helping lead their team to victory.
Jayle Jimenez, Kathryn Johnson and Makayla Garland all had an amazing day at bat. Jimenez is a freshman on the varsity team, and went three for three with two hits and two runs scored. Johnson went three for three with one double hit, and Garland went three for three with two hits and two RBI’s.
Isabella Mehl and Sierra Berry also had a great day at bat, both batting one for three. Mehl hit a double RBI and Berry was able to get on base and used her speed and smart base running to score two points for her team.
In addition to having a great day at bat, Jimenez also played a very strong defensive game leading her team with eight outs. Jimenez was followed closely by Alexis Hellinger with five outs, Berry with three outs, Emily Aguiar and Grinbergs with two outs and Mehl and Johnson with one.
The win against Rio Vista gave the Warriors the confidence boost they needed; but unfortunately they took another hard loss against Wheatland High School by a score of 16-1 on Wednesday, March 2.
Jimenez had another great day at bat going two for two with one hit and one RBI, while Mehl used her speed to get around the bases after being walked by Wheatland’s pitcher.
While Winters did make a few fielding errors, it wasn’t the cause of the loss. Wheatland was just the better team that day and liked the pitches that Garcia and Grinbergs were throwing at them.
On Friday, March 4, the Warriors lost their home non-conference game against Woodland Christian High School by a score of 14-11, which was a much closer game compared to the loss against Wheatland.
Grinbergs and Garcia both pitched another great game, both with six strikeouts each and one walk.
Johnson had a great game behind the plate, batting five for five with four hits, three RBIs and two runs. Grinbergs was also liking the Woodland Christian pitches, going three for three with two hits and four RBI’s. Berry, Mehl and Jimenez also batted very well against Woodland Christian helping Winters close the gap.
Defensively Jimenez and Hellinger carried their team in outs, while Lauren Back led with the assists.
Winters fought hard to win, but at the end of the day Woodland Christian came out on top, forcing the Warriors to practice even harder in preparation for the next week of games.